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OneRepublic overcomes burnout, heads to SPAC

OneRepublic overcomes burnout, heads to SPAC

Group had slipped into silence
OneRepublic overcomes burnout, heads to SPAC
Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.
Photographer: Tribune News Service

OneRepublic will be stopping by SPAC on Tuesday on the tour that almost wasn’t. 

Despite their years spent in the spotlight, the pop group went quiet after the release of its fourth album in October last year. They stopped posting as much on social media and just slipped into silence.   

Then, earlier this year, frontman Ryan Tedder sent out a message to fans about an anxiety that had plagued him and the burnout that the entire band was beginning to feel from over 10 years of touring. 

"I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, not sleeping, on meds, not happy, anxiety on a crippling level and it was triggered from sheer exhaustion. I looked at a calendar, realized I had been gone 200 days of 2016 and still had 3 more weeks of being gone. From my family, my wife, my kids, my friends, basically my life. I also realized that had been the last 10 years. At that moment I wanted to quit, and almost did. I called my manager and said 'pull the plug' ... cancel promo, cancel the single, cancel the album,” Tedder wrote. 

The thought of the upcoming U.S. and European tour sent him into a panic, giving him a crippling sense of anxiety.

Tedder, who is a famed pop song writer (his resume includes hits sung by Beyonce, Adele, U2 and Ellie Goulding), was burnt out on the album release cycle, the touring cycle and all the promotional work that went along with it. 

“It also made me stop writing songs. I didn't have the motivation or joy necessary to. That's over now," Tedder wrote. 

The band decided to take a break from the usual cycle of releasing a single or two before a new album and just release the music as the band records it.  

Since April, they’ve released singles like “No Vacancy” and “Rich Love.” 

"There are no 'first singles,' there are no 'album cycles,' there's us getting inspired, writing a tune, and getting it to you fast as we can. Because of streaming services we can finally do what I've wanted to do for years. Some songs you will love, some you may loathe, but guess what? Wait another couple weeks and you'll have something new that may just be your favorite thing ever," Tedder wrote. 

Since the band got together a decade ago, OneRepublic has occupied a few different spots in the music industry. At first they were slated as an indie band, paying homage to groups like Doves. But as the years went on — and as Tedder’s other pop songwriting became popular — the group became more and more pop focused. 

Current members Drew Brown, Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Eddie Fisher and Tedder, are touring with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur. It’s a lineup that mixes straight pop with pop-like alternative music. 

Fitz and the Tantrums are locally well-known from their past shows at Upstate Concert Hall and from their features on WEQX. James Arthur is a British singer/songwriter who won the X Factor in 2012.   


OneRepublic 

WITH: Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday
WHERE: SPAC, Saratoga Springs
TICKETS: Starting at $25
MORE INFO: spac.org

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